The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is inviting eligible organizations to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to advance innovative, multi-sectoral approaches to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease. This approach advances innovative solutions to public health challenges by providing the co-investment needed to test and/or scale-up the most promising primary prevention interventions.


This invitation to submit an LOI must include a focus on at least one of the priority areas listed below:

  • healthy living and healthy weights through a primary prevention intervention that includes a set of coordinated activities to enable and change behaviour that will positively impact health
  • address at least one of the common risk factors (i.e., physical inactivity and/or sedentary behaviour, unhealthy eating and smoking) applicable to a number of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • smoking as a common risk factor for chronic diseases

All projects must include multi-sectoral partnerships, be able to demonstrate measurable results, be founded in evidence and have the potential to be expanded and/or scaled-up into other parts of Canada, other target populations, different settings, or to address other chronic diseases or risk factors. Each project must engage and have partners from both the private and not-for-profit sectors.


Eligible applicants:

  • Canadian not-for-profit voluntary organizations and corporations;
  • for-profit organizations;
  • unincorporated groups, societies and coalitions;
  • provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and agencies;
  • organizations and institutions supported by provincial and territorial governments (regional health authorities, schools, post-secondary institutions, etc.);
  • Indigenous organizations who deliver programs off-reserve; and
  • non-Canadian applicants may be considered on an exceptional basis.

Eligible Expenses:

Eligible costs include expenses such as personnel, travel and accommodations, materials, equipment, rent and utilities, evaluation/dissemination, or “other” costs related to the approved project. A detailed budget will be required as part of the proposal (stage two) in the application process. Any expenses for travel or accommodation must be supported by a strong rationale.

No expenses for approved projects may be incurred prior to the acceptance of the Contribution Agreement by all parties.

Available Funding

Total request for federal funding must be a minimum of $200,000 up to a maximum of $5,000,000. The duration for each project must be a minimum of 2 years (24 months) to a maximum of 5 years (60 months). The minimum acceptable request for federal funding is $200,000 over 2 years. Requests that do not reflect these requirements will not be considered.

  • Consistent with the multi-sectoral partnership approach of this invitation, projects must include matched funding in terms of financial (cash) and/or in-kind contributions from non-taxpayer funded sources and/or private sector partners
  • Organizations submitting under this invitation must be prepared to seek financial support from eligible sources if and when they are invited to submit a proposal for funding. Following successful proposal review, project approval will not proceed until matched funding is secured and a letter of support from the funder is provided.
  • A matched funding ratio of 1:1 is required for funding under the ISHLCD and the FTCS. Final determination of the matched funding ratio for any particular project rests with PHAC.

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The LOI process has no deadline. Once assessed by PHAC, researchers will be invited to submit a full proposal for funding consideration. Please contact your Research Facilitator to discuss dates and timelines for LOI and proposal reviews. Regardless of the lack of submission deadline, a cuResearch checklist will have to be completed prior to submission to sponsor.

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.